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India has developed a credit system, the National Credit Framework (NCrF), which will align the education and skilling landscape by allowing students and the youth to gain skills while pursuing their education and vice-versa with greater ease. ET explains:
What is the National Credit Framework?
The National Credit Framework, jointly developed by a high-level government committee, is the single meta framework for assignment and integration of credits earned from elementary, school, higher, and vocational education and training. NCrF allows candidates to earn credits, accumulate and transfer them for the purpose of equivalence, enabling multiple entry and exits into the skilling and education ecosystem.
What are the key proposals under NCrF?
The framework proposes total notional learning hours of 1200 per year across school education, higher education and vocational education. On successful completion, a candidate is awarded 40 credits. It also allows students to take additional courses, programmes, subjects and projects beyond 40 credits to earn additional credits. However, the assignment of credits is subject to learning outcomes which will be determined by assessments.
What are the benefits of NCrF?
NCrF recognizes blended and online learning and thus promotes the extensive use of technology in teaching and learning. Being an enabling framework, it allows complete flexibility to regulators and institutions to lay out the implementation mechanism of NCrF.
By Yogima Seth Sharma